STEM career and technology competition, sustainable energy

Submitted by Michael Andrews

2013-12-13 11:38:04

SMART Competition Registration Open
Registration just began for the ideal program for high school STEM and CTE students and teachers looking for excellent real-world projects: The SMART Competition.
In its fourth year, this global competition is designed to combine STEM education with a significant career and technology (CTE) focus. Last year students were engaged from around the world....from China and India, across North America, through Europe to Turkey. The software the student teams use coupled with the design challenge provided an academically relevant, student engaging experience.
Student teams redesign a environmentally unfriendly gymnasium to create a green building on a virtual high school campus. Using computer design and simulation tools provided by Bentley Systems, students are able to create concepts that could be the envy of engineering and design firms. The students incorporate green building design, the use of low carbon footprint-sustainable materials, localized power generation, energy conservation and smart grid management into their design. This software used by the student is also used by engineers, building energy consultants, and designers who simulate and analyze building energy performance.
According to Mike Andrews, co-founder of the program, "The competition provides a platform for exploration and design innovation. We've seen some creative designs from the students that would surprise most engineering and architectural professionals. Other program benefits are that the competition crosses so many different disciplines and there are no stereotypical barriers."
The competition is open to all high school students who attend public, private, parochial, charter and home-based schools. In addition, students from other non-school based or informal education programs will be welcomed to participate.
The program is designed to attract all students without regard or bias of gender, race, socio-economic or academic performance level.
Registration is open now. The registration fee is $100.00 per team.
For additional information, contact Michael Andrews [see email address image].

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